Bollywood actress and Unicef goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra said on Tuesday that Rohingya children desperately need help from the world.
“I’m in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh for a field visit of UNICEF, visiting one of the largest refugee camps in the world,” she wrote in a Facebook post.She said in the second half of 2017, the world saw the horrific images of ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
This drove nearly 7 lakh Rohingyas across the border into Bangladesh and 60 percent of them are children, she said.
Priyanka said they are still highly vulnerable and living at overcrowded camps with no idea when or where they will get their next meals.
As they have finally started to settle and feel a sense of safety, monsoon looms, threatening to destroy all that they’ve built so far, she mentioned.
“This is an entire generation of children that have no future in sight. Through their smiles, I could see vacancy in their eyes.”
“These children are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, and they desperately need our help,” she added.The Indian superstar distributed relief materials at Khariakhali and Leda Rohingya camps on Tuesday, the second day of her visit.
Later, she visited Balukhali and Jamtoli Rohingya camps in the afternoon.
During the visit, the actress talked to Rohingya people and heard their pain and sufferings.
In another Facebook post, she said it is (Myanmar part) empty now, but a few months ago this area, known as “Sabrang,” was filled with hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.
Their trip here was filled with many hardships and tremendous danger, she continued. The actress said many of them made their journey on foot, walking for days through the hills, and then floating across the Naf River or the Bay of Bengal on make shift boats and many of them injured, pregnant, elderly, etc.
Their ordeal didn’t end here even after entering Bangladesh, they would often have to wait for days, sleeping in the open fields with no food or water, for aid workers to reach them, she said.
She further said for a lot of Rohingya children, this ordeal will leave them scarred, physically and emotionally, for the rest of their lives.
With your help, maybe these children can have a chance at a future because right now, their future is bleak, she noted.
On Monday, the Bollywood actress arrived in Dhaka on a four-day visit to see Rohingya situation.
Hours after her arrival here in the morning, she left for Cox’s Bazar by a private flight.
Priyanka visited Shamlapur Rohingya camp in Teknaf in the afternoon.
Priyanka is scheduled to visit Kutupalong camp on Wednesday. She is scheduled to return Dhaka tomorrow.
Priyanka was made a global Unicef goodwill ambassador, after serving as a national goodwill ambassador to India for 10 years. She is also a United Nations Foundation Girl Up Champion.
The iconic actress is involved in a number of efforts to protect children’s rights and promote girls’ education in India.
She has established her namesake charity The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education.